Workforce Career Training at Carroll
Demand for skilled trade jobs has been growing throughout the state, and Carroll Community College is ready to help meet that demand with high-quality and affordable job training programs.
Dr. Kelly Koermer, Vice President of Continuing Education and Training (CET) at Carroll, has been developing the College’s program pathways that help students gain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to start in or change careers to the skilled trades.
We build all our training programs around successful student learning outcomes that are informed by industry experts.
In addition to serving on Maryland’s Manufacturing in the Digital Age Work Group which addresses how to advance state-of-the-art industries in the state, Dr. Koermer was also recently appointed by the Governor to the Maryland Manufacturing Advisory Board. She applies her experience on these important committees to her expertise as a College program administrator.
Helping Students Forge Their Future
Carroll makes every effort to assist students in determining what they kind of profession they may want to pursue. For example, in a free monthly session with Career Choices, students can discuss different careers in a group setting, figure out which one(s) they are interested in, and look at all the applicable Credit programs and Continuing Education courses at Carroll.
“Often, students who come in for the session follow up with our career coach who supports the student with one-on-one advising,” Koermer said.
A career coach’s objective is to find something that both interests the student and meshes with their aptitude and goals. Entry-level earning, career advancement, required industry certification—all of these and more are considerations when deciding on which workforce training opportunity to pursue.
What if the student has family obligations or works full-time? Carroll can help accelerate a program through the Prior Learning Assessment tool. Previous industry-recognized credentials or college-level courses may count towards the program, saving the student time and tuition.
Popular Skilled Trade Job Training
Carroll offers a wide variety of workforce training certificate programs. Here are a few of the more popular:
- Commercial Drone Operation: According to Koermer, drone pilots are now in big demand in our high-tech industrial era. Those trained and licensed to operate commercial small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) may work in real estate, law enforcement and agriculture, among other exciting industries.
- Healthcare: Students who realize they enjoy helping other people may choose to pursue a rewarding, always-in-demand career as a certified nurse assistant/geriatric nursing assistant, dental assistant, pharmacy technician, registered behavior technician or another healthcare role.
- Transportation: The pandemic’s disruption to supply chains has highlighted the need for skilled truck drivers. Koermer said that this has caused a surge in interest in the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program. “It gets people out of the office, pays well and there’s a huge demand.”
- Entrepreneurship: With the “Great Resignation” from the corporate workplace has come a wave of increased interest in starting a business. Carroll’s new Pathway to Entrepreneurship, an 80-hour online program, offers relevant coursework in a convenient format for would-be entrepreneurs.
Carroll Means Quality
While these non-credit workforce training programs may be a fast track to gaining the skills needed for a stable career, that does not mean they shortchange students.
“We’re an accredited institution of higher education,” Koermer said. “We build all our training programs around successful student learning outcomes that are informed by industry experts.”
By working with industry partners to develop and teach their curriculum, Carroll prepares students to meet the demands of the current skilled job market and beyond.